Angry Birds racing game will roar onto iOS devices in December

Today in Apple: Angry Birds Go! for iOS in December. Plus: Apple's October 22 event, and the new head of Apple retail

Angry Birds Go for iOS Devices

The iPad and iPhone will be getting a new Angry Birds game in December. This time around the angry birds will morph into a cart racing game in the Mario Kart tradition.

The game will be built from the ground up as a free-to-play title, with a whole host of modes and features included from the get-go. In Angry Birds Go! you can feel the rush as you fling down the track and go head-to-head in a fast and furious race to the finish line! Look out for treacherous roads, mischievous opponents and unique special powers to put the race leader behind the pack. Plus you can go from homemade soapbox car to a super-fly car by upgrading your ride. It’s all there, along with crazy stunt and air tracks, and many fun and surprising game modes. The game will be out on iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10.

Hasbro’s TELEPODS will also be appearing in Angry Birds Go! – so, like with Angry Birds Star Wars II, you’ll also be able to teleport your favorite karts into the game. We’ll also offer a headstart for Angry Birds Go! with a special countdown app at the end of October – if you already have your Angry Birds Go! TELEPODS, then just scan them in to see what you’ll get in the game.

December 11 is just the beginning. We have huge plans for our first ever racing game and we can’t wait to see what you guys think.

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I'm really looking forward to this new Angry Birds game. I'm a sucker for the Mario Kart type racing games. It will be very fun to check it out in December.

Be sure to watch the trailer above to get an idea of what Angry Birds Go will have to offer iOS gamers. It looks pretty good to me.

What to Expect from Apple's October 22 Event

Apple Insider has a pretty good roundup of what we might expect to see at Apple's October 22 iPad event.

Apple on Tuesday confirmed that it will hold a media event next week, where the company is preparing to unveil its second-generation iPad mini and fifth-generation iPad, along with other anticipated products. Here's a rundown of what the company is expected to announce, based on the latest leaks and rumors.

Beyond the Mac, there is the potential for another surprise. Recent rumors have suggested that an update to the Apple TV set-top box hardware could be imminent.

Exactly what an Apple TV hardware update might include is unknown. But the current third-generation model was released in March of 2012, making the diminutive device a prime candidate for a refresh.

One rumor shared in August claimed that Apple could launch some sort of TV-related product this year with enhanced control functionality. Reporter and venture capitalist MG Siegler suggested that Apple had some surprises in store for its media streaming device, and that revamped hardware would offer new ways for users to control it.

More at Apple Insider

I'm looking forward to the new iPads, my iPad 3 is getting long in the tooth.

I'm very skeptical about the possibility of some sort of TV product being released. Those rumors have been flying for years, and so far we haven't seen much. The most likely possibility is a revamped Apple TV, which is fine but certainly isn't anything earth shattering.

We'll have to wait and see though. October 22 can't get here fast enough.

Apple Hires Angela Ahrendts as Retail Chief

Bloomberg is reporting on the hiring of Angela Ahrendts as head of Apple retail.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) hired Burberry Group Plc (BRBY) Chief Executive Officer Angela Ahrendts as head of retail operations, ending a yearlong search and adding the first woman to its 10-member executive team.

Ahrendts, 53, will oversee more than 400 retail outlets and Apple’s online store, the Cupertino, California-based company said today. Apple is tapping an executive who more than doubled Burberry’s sales since 2006, rejuvenating the brand by expanding in China, as well as embracing the Web and social media.

More at Bloomberg

She sounds like a great choice for Apple, certainly better than the last guy they hired.

Check out the Ted Talk she gave below. She certainly has a charismatic presence, it should be fun to see her at Apple keynotes in the future. My guess is that she will do very well in her new job.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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